Violence from the conflict in Syria continues to spill over into Lebanon with explosive consequences.
Early Friday morning the Israeli air force bombed what they labeled a “terror site” in Naameh, an area between Beirut and Sidon.
According to media reports, the attack targeted a site of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a group that has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel said the attack was “in response to a barrage of four rockets launched at northern Israel yesterday.” The PFLP denied responsibility for the attack on Israel on Thursday.
The New York Times notes that Capt. Eytan Buchman, a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces,
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Neither the rockets fired from Lebanon nor Israel’s bombing resulted in injuries, according to media reports.
Meanwhile, in the northern, largely Sunni city of Tripoli, Reuters reports that at least 42 people were killed and hundreds wounded when bombs went off at two mosques following Friday prayers. The Times reports that no one has taken responsibility for the bombs at this point. Reuters adds:
Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera reports that it is a “volatile time for the country,” and said that Tripoli “is a place which has witnessed clashes between supporters of the Syrian government and opponents of the Syrian government [and] Lebanese factions exchanging fire on many occasions over the past year.”
Between 700,000 and one million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, a country a little more than two decades out from its own civil war. Ben Hubbard reported this week in the Times:
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